Italian Cinema: From Neorealism to the Present

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Continuum, 2001 - Performing Arts - 546 pages
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Praise for Italian Cinema:

"Extremely interesting and stimulating." Bernardo Bertolucci

"A very good book and a very accurate one." Federico Fellini

"The librarian who does not get Bondanella immediately must be petitioned, picketed, importuned." Choice

"To measure the progress and development of Anglo-American studies on Italian cinema, one needs only to consider Peter Bondanella's pioneering and seminal Italian Cinema: from Neorealism to the Present...Bondanella's work carries the crucial merit of having opened up a panoramic view of Italian national cinema to Anglo-American film scholars who in general were mostly familiar with only a few masterpieces. Over the years, Bondanella's systematic approach has enabled and inspired countless studies." Gian Piero Brunetta, Professor of History and Film Criticism, University of Padua, Italy

This new edition of the bestselling Italian Cinema examines films made from 1989 to the present as well as analyzing the earliest days of Italian filmaking. New coverage includes the Italian horror-film genre, Roberto Benigni (Life Is Beautiful), Bernardo Bertolucci (Stealing Beauty), Franco Zeffirelli (Tea with Mussolini), Michael Radford (The Postman [Il Postino]), Gabriele Salvatores (Mediterraneo), Maurizio Nichetti (The Bicycle Thief), Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso, The Starmaker), and much more. This fully revised and updated new edition includes:

All new notes

An extensive bibliography

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User Review  - Kate - Goodreads

Kind of a seminal text for Italian Cinema, but at times reads as a rote history book and is very dry. Better to keep around as reference. Read full review

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User Review  - Jared Busch - Goodreads

only caveat with this book is that it pretty spoils the ending of every movie it discusses. I read it in an Italian film class, and really enjoyed it. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Peter Bondanella is the author of the groundbreaking Italian Cinema: From Neorealism to the Present, Hollywood Italians, The Cinema of Federico Fellini, and The Films of Roberto Rossellini. In 2009, he was elected to the European Academy of Sciences and the Arts for his contributions to the history of the Italian cinema and his translations or editions of Italian literary classics (Dante, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Vasari, Cellini). He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, Film Studies, and Italian at Indiana University and lives in St. George, Utah.

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